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C4 commissions “Alone at Home,” “The Peng Life”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has announced a raft of new commissions this week. Alone at Home (w/t) follows four sibling groups whose parents have left them on their own for a long ...
October 6, 2017

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has announced a raft of new commissions this week.

Alone at Home (w/t) follows four sibling groups whose parents have left them on their own for a long weekend. The experiment aims to assess whether modern parenting styles adequately prepare children for adulthood.

The 4 x 60-minute series was commissioned by head of factual entertainment Kelly Webb-Lamb and Lucy Leveugle, commissioning editor for factual entertainment, and will be produced by Sony-backed prodco Electric Ray, with Meredith Chambers and Karl Warner serving as executive producers.

Meanwhile, C4-backed prodco Renowned Films will produce The Peng Life (w/t). The 1 x 30-minute program chronicles internet celebrity and fried chicken restaurant critic Elijah Quashie (pictured), better known as Chicken Connoisseur, as he samples and reviews both high-end and street products.

Webb-Lamb commissioned the program, and Becky Cadman, factual entertainment commissioner, will oversee the series. Max Welch is executive producer for Renowned Films.

Britain’s Secret Chinese Army (1 x 60) looks at the 140,000 workers who traveled from China to Europe in 1916 to bolster the Allied war effort.

Known as the Chinese Labour Corps, these workers developed vital roads and trench systems, in addition to repairing railways, maintaining tanks and dismantling unexploded bombs.

The film was commissioned by Rob Coldstream from London-based prodco Transparent Television, which is part of the Argonon Group. Simon Chu directs, while Jazz Gowans serves as executive producer.

Lastly, UK prodco The Garden Productions is set to produce My Week as a Muslim (w/t), which looks to explore the experiences of Muslims in contemporary Britain.

The one-off program will see a woman from a predominantly white community use prosthetics and makeup to immerse herself with a Pakistani Muslim family who live several miles away.

My Week as a Muslim was commissioned by former commissioning editor Danny Carvalho, who has since moved on to FremantleMedia UK. The program is now being overseen by Webb-Lamb and commissioning editor for factual entertainment Gilly Greenslade. Fozia Khan and Jenny Midl are executive producers for The Garden Productions. Sam Ornbo serves as series producer.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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